This year, Nacht & Lewis is celebrating 94 years in business. With this many years of experience, it is valuable to occasionally look back at the past to put our present in perspective. Our founder, Leonard Starks, briefly partnered with E.C.Hemmings in 1923 to design the Elks BuildingĀ prior to Hemmings death in 1924. Hemmings had a long history of quality work in the Sacramento areaĀ and was respected by the local …Read More
In college, we referred to sustainable design strategies as āpassive solarā- a means of āliving lightly with the earth.ā In 1993, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was founded. The USGBC introduced the LEED program, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is based on a point system to achieve these levels of sustainable certification: certified, silver, gold, or platinum. Many of our staff, including myself, are …Read More
For 45 years now, human beings around the world have been gathering to celebrate planet Earth on April 22nd. According to Wikipedia, “Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by theĀ Earth Day Network,Ā and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.” It is …Read More
The topics of sustainable design, LEEDĀ® certification and environmentally responsible buildings seem to be commonplace in architecture and design language these days. For Nacht & Lewis, these topics are even more intriguing when faced with the challenge of implementing them in a secure prison setting as opposed to a typical office building or other facility type. Security conditions are difficult, code requirements are challenging and daylight and exterior views require …Read More
Have you heard? May is Bike Month! What is “May is Bike Month”? “May is Bike Month” is a campaign that takes place in the six-county Sacramento Region each year.Ā The focus is to promote bicycle use as a mode of transportation whether for running errands, commuting, riding recreationally or working. It is a chance to showcase the benefits of bicycling ā and encourage more folks to give biking a try. …Read More
In June of 2013, Nacht & Lewis worked together with all of the Design-Bid-Build partners to complete the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation’sĀ California Men’s Colony, 50-Bed Mental Health Crisis Facility project. On track to receive a LEED Gold Certification, the project was also recently recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council California Central Coast Chapter (USGBC-C4) with the honor of 2013 Best Overall Green New Construction Award! Each year …Read More
Our new video series “Line of Sight” will explore how our staff’s personal interests affect how they approach architecture in the office. Our first video features senior justice planner Lorenzo Lopez. Lorenzo is passionate about sustainability and how the choices we make today impact the world of tomorrow. Check out the video and keep an eye out for more videos from the series in the future.
The awards and recognitions of the Department of General Services (DGS) Central Utility Plant continue: Recently, the CUP received theĀ 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Facilities. This award is “California’s highest environmental honor.” The Plant has also been awarded theĀ DBIA Western Pacific Region Excellence Achievement Award for a Civic BuildingĀ and theĀ Design + Construction Magazine’s 2011 Building Team Bronze Award. TheĀ Central Utility PlantĀ provides heating and cooling for more …Read More
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) 64-bed inpatient mental health treatment facility at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville has been awarded LEED Silver! You canĀ read more about the facility and award on CDCR Today.